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Publiée le December 14, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

The final race weekend of the season for MP Motorsport

The final round of the season was held in Abu Dhabi again, after last year’s finale was in Bahrain due to COVID. The weekend started with a promising practice session, with Jack setting the second-fastest time and Clément the 5th fastest time. Qualifying was as successful for Jack as the practice session, where he set a mega lap which got him to P2, meaning he could start from the front row on Sunday’s Feature Race. Clément had a tougher qualifying session and couldn’t set down a full lap, he qualified on P20.

Qualifying results:

P2 Jack Doohan
P20 Clément Novalak

Sprint Race 1

A good start for Jack and Clément, but Jack went wide in the opening lap and lost 2 positions. Clément remained on the same position during the opening lap. Jack stayed close to Armstrong who was driving in front of him on P10. By the 17th lap, Clément was driving on P17, gaining 3 positions. Not much has changed for the midfield during the race, Jack finished on P11, just missing out one reversed pole position, and Clément on P17.

Abu Dhabi (UAE) Dec 10-12, 2021 – Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit. Jack Doohan #11 MP Motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Sprint Race 2

In the second Sprint Race, a lot more happened compared to the first race. The opening laps were chaotic with many attacks on the grid. At some point, Jack was driving with 3 other drivers next to him going into turn 6. It gained Jack one position, driving on P10. Clément lost two positions in the chaotic opening and found himself on P19. In lap 4, the safety car had to come out when Deledda and Caldwell crashed, and Deledda couldn’t continue. After 3 laps the safety car went back in, and Jack overtook Pourchaire for P9. After Nissany, Vips, and Piastri made contact, we had another safety car. During the restart, race leader Armstrong had technical issues and couldn’t continue. This brought Jack to P8 and Clément to P17.

Jack was fighting with Lawson and Nissany for P7, but he ended on the dirty side of the track, therefore both Lawson and Nissany were able to overtake Jack. Nissany and Lundgaard made contact, and Nissany had to pit. Bringing Jack back to P8, Clément was now driving on P14 when he overtook Caldwell. Both Clément and Jack gained 3 positions during the race, finishing on P14 and P8, which meant Jack finished in the points again!

Abu Dhabi (UAE) Dec 10-12, 2021 – Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit. Clement Novalak #12 MP Motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Feature Race

Jack started from P2 for the Feature Race, both he and Clément started on medium tyres, while most other cars in the top 10 started on soft tyres. Jack defended his second position against Zhou, which wasn’t the easiest to do with the cold tyres but he held on and stayed ahead. Jack went wide during the opening lap, while still defending Zhou, and lost his car. Fortunately, he was doing well, after hitting the wall at a high-speed moment on the track.

Clément had a very good few opening laps and was quickly driving on P13 by lap 5 when we went back racing after Jack’s incident. By lap 10, most cars who were driving on soft tyres came in for their pitstop, this got Clément to P6. With 9 more laps to go, Clément came in for a pit stop and changed to the soft tyres. He rejoined the track on P18. Within 2 laps, he overtook 2 cars and was driving on P16. In the final laps he overtook 2 more cars and finished on P14!

Publiée le December 6, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

The first F2 race weekend for Clément and Jack!

Clément Novalak and Jack Doohan have completed their first Formula 2 race weekend in their career. Formula 2 was back since their last race weekend in September, when we went to Sochi, and now joined Formula 1 on a brand new track in Jeddah. It was an eventful weekend with ups and downs, for both of our drivers. Clément qualified on P12 for Sunday’s Feature Race, but due to a 3-grid place penalty he received in the second Sprint Race, he had to start from P15.

Qualifying results:

P12 Clément Novalak
P16 Jack Doohan

Sprint Race 1

Both Jack and Clément had a clean and good start, but due to a crash between Samaia and Sato in the opening lap, the safety car had to come out immediately. In lap 6, Jack was driving in P13 and Clément right behind him in P14. Jack stayed close to Viscaal who was driving in front of him. Clément fell back a few positions to P16. Jack was driving behind a fight for P7, with 6 cars involved, and was able to overtake Boschung for P12. A few laps later, Clément also overtook Boschung for the 14th position on the grid. Jack just missed out on reverse pole for the second race, but still had a good first race in Formula 2. Clément lost a few positions but was able to fight back and finished on P14.

Jeddah (SAU) Dec 3-5, 2021 – Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Jack Doohan #11 MP Motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Sprint Race 2

Sprint Race 2 started a bit more chaotic. Unfortunately, Clément lost the rear end going into turn one and collided with Armstrong, ending their races early and bringing out the safety car. Jack made up 2 places and was driving on P9. With 15 laps to go, the safety car went back in. Not long after that, another safety car had to come out as Vips lost his front wing and couldn’t continue. In lap 10, Jack found himself on P7 after overtaking Drugovich. With 6 more laps to go, Jack was fighting with Ticktum for P6 and got it! Both Daruvala and Lundgaard, driving in front of Jack, received a 5-second penalty during the race. Ticktum braked very late and was able to get P6 back from Jack. With 2 laps to go, Lawson spun and hit the wall, meaning it was the end of the race. Due to the penalties from Daruvala and Lundgaard, Jack finished on P5 and collected some good points in only his second race in F2.

Feature Race

The Feature Race went different than how we normally have it as it was immediately red-flagged when a big shunt between Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi happened on the start-finish straight. After an hour, the race was restarted, but it would be 20 minutes long and half points would be rewarded afterwards. It didn’t take long before the race was red-flagged again after Caldwell and Samaia collided. This meant the end of the race. Jack finished on P13 and Clément on P19 as he had to start from pitlane because he stalled in the first formation lap.

The next and final round of Formula 2 is next weekend, in Abu Dhabi.